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REPORT: Too Many Democrats Running for Congress in 2018?

"The downside of that is there are more strong candidates than there are competitive districts to go around."

By NTK Staff | 02.07.2018 @12:35pm

MSNBC’s Alex Seitz-Wald highlighted Wednesday the problems that arise when too many Democrats run for Congress. That’s certainly the case in 2018, and it’s negatively impacting the Democratic Party’s chances of retaking the House.

“For Democrats, one of the number one pieces of evidence that they point to, why they think they’re going to have a good November, is this flood of strong candidates that they’re getting,” Seitz-Wald explained. “The downside of that is there are more strong candidates than there are competitive districts to go around, and you don’t want a lot of strong Democrats running against each other. So they’re going to spend money, they’re going to ding each other up in the primary.”

Seitz-Wald then pointed to how this problem is especially true in California and explained that this could be costly for Democrats because flipping Congressional districts in California is central to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s (DCCC) strategy to retake the House in 2018.

“California has the jungle primary rule. So if there are so many Democrats in these races and they split the vote, you could end up with two Republicans on the ballot in November. That’s happened before. It’s cost them a seat in the past, and they’re absolutely panicked about it,” Seitz-Wald said.

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